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Last Updated May 4, 2016 05:48PM

The first time Emma Lou the poet ever called me was after she’d read something I’d written about funerals and how I wanted people to tell funny stories at mine. Also, I said, I wanted bagpipes. Lots and lots of bagpipes. BRING ON THE NOISE, PEOPLE! I wanted a big old-fashioned sprawling unscripted nondidactic nonsolemn funeral with ham and potatoes and every kind of Jell-O salad ever invented for my friends and family afterward. You’re welcome, friends and family! It’s funny. I was only in my 30s when I wrote …

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    Parents and other adult figures are often absent from books for young readers. If they do make an appearance, it’s on the margins. Think Charlie Brown...
    Updated Apr 29 2016 06:17 pm   |     |   Share
  • Flowers lay on a T-shirt signed by fans of singer Prince at a makeshift memorial place created outside Apollo Theatre in New York, Friday, April 22, 2016. The pop star died Thursday at the age of 57. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki) Ann Cannon: Why Prince spoke to me
    Why do we love the music we love? I’ve been asking myself this question ever since the news of Prince’s untimely death broke last week. Here’s the ...
    Updated Apr 27 2016 04:26 pm   |     |   Share
  • A detail of the newly discovered portrait of William Shakespeare, presented by the Shakespeare Birthplace trust, is seen in central London, Monday March 9, 2009. The portrait, believed to be almost the only authentic image of the writer made from life, has belonged to one family for centuries but was not recognized as a portrait of Shakespeare until recently. There are very few likenesses of Shakespeare, who died in 1616.   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) Ann Cannon: Give a shout-out to Shakespeare
    This year the world is celebrating the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. And by “celebrating” I don’t mean the world is going, “Yay! ...
    Updated Apr 19 2016 06:05 pm   |     |   Share
  • Ann Cannon: Puppy love has rules
    Last month I mentioned that we are now the proud owners of a brand new Newfoundland puppy named Tinkerbell. My husband and I are not inexperienced New...
    Updated Apr 14 2016 05:16 pm   |     |   Share


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    Updated Mar 15 2016 07:52 pm   |     |   Share
  • Hop to these new children’s books for spring
    “If Winter comes,” the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, “can Spring be far behind?” And while wintry weather is no respecter of seasons here in Utah, ...
    Updated Mar 11 2016 08:49 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Courtesy photo)    Best-selling YA author Cassandra Clare is on tour in her rock star-style bus to launch “Lady Midnight: The Dark Artifices Book One,” her first new series in six years. Books: Cassandra Clare spins daydreams of her youth into new YA fantasy series
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